Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan VS 2018 Subaru Outback Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

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2018 Subaru Outback

Safety Comparison

The Tiguan has standard post collision braking, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Outback doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Tiguan SEL Premium has a standard Overhead View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Outback only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Tiguan and the Outback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Tiguan comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Outback’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Tiguan’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Outback’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Outback’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Tiguan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (184 vs. 175) and 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (221 vs. 174) than the Outback 2.5i’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Tiguan 4Motion® gets better fuel mileage than the Outback 3.6R 6 cyl. (21 city/27 hwy vs. 20 city/27 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Tiguan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Outback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Tiguan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Outback:

 

Tiguan

Outback

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tiguan’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Outback (255/45R19 vs. 225/65R17).

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Outback Limited/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tiguan SEL Premium offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Outback’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tiguan’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Outback (109.9 inches vs. 108.1 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Tiguan is 4.8 inches shorter than the Outback, making the Tiguan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tiguan offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Outback can only carry 5.

The Tiguan has 15.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Outback (123.9 vs. 108.1).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tiguan’s cargo area provides more volume than the Outback.

 

Tiguan

Outback

Third Seat Removed

37.6 cubic feet

35.5 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

73.5 cubic feet

73.3 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tiguan’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Outback doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tiguan SEL Premium’s cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Outback doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tiguan’s standard front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Outback’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches.

The Tiguan SEL Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Outback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Tiguan SE/SEL/SEL Premium to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Outback doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The Tiguan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Outback Premium/Limited/Touring.

When the Tiguan SEL Premium is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Outback’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Tiguan and the Outback offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tiguan has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Outback Base/Premium doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

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